Social media firms with 'Blue Whale' links to face action

Social media firms with 'Blue Whale' links to face action

The figures also represent that a significant number of people assume that "Blue Whale" is computer, mobile application that can be downloaded.

"We appeal to parents, teachers, students and all concerned individuals to keep a close watch on all those who may be showing abnormal and erratic behaviour because they may be playing online games such as the Blue Whale Challenge", the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said in a press statement.

Any violations of government instructions of removing all links which direct users to the risky online game "The Blue Whale Challenge" will be dealt with strictly, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday expressed concern over children allegedly committing suicide while playing the Blue Whale Challenge, an internet suicide game, that has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several kids worldwide. Under the Indian IT ecosystem, no initiative shall be permitted which provokes young boys to commit suicide.

"If an adult is told to do a task, why would he/she go and jump from a building", it said, adding that "we are wondering why both children and adult are doing this".

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In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the only solution to arrest the menace is to ban this game altogether and this can be done only with the help of Union Ministries such as Electronics and Information Technology, Home, Information and Broadcasting, etc.

The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players during a said period, with the final challenge requiring the player to end his/her life. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game.

The sudden popularity of the lethal online game, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, has forced the government to issue directions to the internet giants to remove the links of the risky game.

Taking the cognizance of the recent deaths in Mumbai and West Bengal, the ministry said the proponent of Blue Whale Challenge should be reported to law enforcement agencies.

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